Agnosticism: Contemporary Responses to Spencer and Huxley

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Andrew Pyle
Thoemmes, 1995 - Philosophy - 301 pages
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Until the nineteenth century, thinkers who entertained doubts about the existence of God were branded "atheists" and "infidels", and were subject to persecutions. But in the late nineteenth-century Britain a group of highly respectable thinkers emerged who argued for the radical conclusion that theology is impossible, and that we humans cannot know what, if anything, lies behind the veil of appearances. This volume provides extracts of the best-known agnostics (Spencer, Huxley, Stephen, Clifford, and Tyndall), and their less well-known theological opponents. The debate marks a major turning point in Western attitudes toward religious belief; the burden of proof was henceforth firmly placed on the shoulders of the theologians.

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Contents

THE RECONCILIATION
1
IS GOD UNKNOWABLE?
20
ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE BRITISH
38
AN AGNOSTICS APOLOGY
48
THE ETHICS OF BELIEF
72
A RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT
95
ARTICLES OF THE AGNOSTIC CREED
120
AGNOSTICISM
126
REPLY TO PROFESSOR HUXLEY
142
COWARDLY AGNOSTICISM
187
ARE AGNOSTICS IN GOOD FAITH?
219
PROFESSOR HUXLEYS CREED
250
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About the author (1995)

Andrew?Pyle is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Universtiy of Bristol, UK.

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